The American College of Physicians indicates that early imaging for routine back pain has no clinical value

The American College of Physicians indicates that early imaging for routine back pain has no clinical value and can lead to unnecessary diagnostic and treatment procedures and results in unnecessary costs.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Roger Chou, MD suggests that early diagnostic imaging for most back and neck pain may have more of an infuense on subsequent care than the severity of the condition itself.

Here are a couple excerpts that warn of the “dangers” of early diagnostic imaging for back pain…

Early Imaging Not Necessary For Work Related Back Pain?

A recent study considered the question of whether people with work-related low back pain who get an early MRI do better. Most people would think that a picture of the back and what is going on would be nothing but helpful. I get people in the office all the time that “want to the know what the problem is.”

Interestingly, though, the study found… Early Imaging for Low Back Pain: More harm than good?

Publish Date: 02/04/2011 2:00

Physicians Advise Limiting Early Diagnostic Imaging

The National Physicians Alliance recommends limiting early imaging use for low back pain because such early use does not improve outcomes but does increase costs.

By eliminating just a handful of commonly ordered diagnostic tests or treatments that either offer limited benefits or may even do more harm than good, health professionals could show a skeptical public that high-quality care and efficient use of resources are complementary, advises a physicians’ group today in an article released online by the Archives of Internal Medicine…Physicians' Group Targets Inappropriate Tests

Publish Date: 05/23/2011 16:21

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